The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are currently developing their spending bills for fiscal year 2009. The Society is again working this year to secure $15 million for MS research funding in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense (DoD).
The CDMRP program is funded annually through the Defense Appropriations bill. Last year, your efforts influenced Congress to include MS as a disease area eligible to compete for research funds through a sister program at the DoD called the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). We need your help to build on this success and secure specific funding for MS research in the CDMRP.
This spring, 27 Senators and 63 Representatives signed on in support of this increased investment in MS research. Click here to send your Senators and Representative an e-mail asking them to support this important $15 million request for MS research funding in the CDMRP.
Many U.S. veterans have stories and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and the DoD has a responsibility to fund research for diseases related to military service. This research would not only benefit our veterans, but would help move us closer to a world free of MS. It is imperative that members of Congress hear from their constituents about the importance of this funding.